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Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'A First Rate Taking In Stores' | Public Domain
Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'A First Rate Taking In Stores' | Public Domain

Must-See New York City Museum Exhibitions This Spring

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Updated: 6 February 2017

The spring season of New York‘s museum exhibitions features diverse cultural works from Native fashion to 19th-century European seascapes. Take a look at the following events to enter eras long gone or take an eye-opening step into an area of contemporary culture you’re curious to explore.

Native Fashion Show

Opening on February 17, 2017, the Native Fashion Show will be on display at the National Museum of the American Indian and feature vibrant clothing, jewelry, and footwear from various Native American designers of the past 50 years. The exhibition is set to run until September, so there will be plenty of time to catch the 70-plus creative works that reflect a range of Native cultures fused with contemporary fashion.

National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 514 3700

Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time

This spring, the Frick Collection will showcase approximately 35 works from the British landscape painter J.M.W. Turner. Spanning the period between the 1810s to the 1830s, the collection will include works in oil, watercolor, and graphite that depict scenes from numerous port cities across Europe and gave Turner the nickname “the painter of light.” The exhibition runs from February 23 to May 14, 2017.

The Frick Collection, 1 E 70th St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 288 0700

Fishermen at Sea

J.M.W. Turner, Fishermen at Sea, 1796 | Public Domain

Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin & Han Dynasties

From April 3 to July 16, 2017, the MET will host an extensive international collection of rare and never-before-seen Chinese ceramics, calligraphy, textiles, sculptures, and other works on loan from 32 institutions in China. The ancient artworks total over 160 distinct objects that provide an in-depth look into the cultures and values of the Qin and Han dynasties.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 535 7710

Lidded Food Cauldron from the Han Dynasty

Lidded Food Cauldron from the Han Dynasty | Public Domain

Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction

From April 15 to August 13, 2017, the MoMA will put together the works of 50 female artists from 1945 to 1968, a period during which women entered a new postwar society that allowed them more freedom to work as artists while placing them at the start of the feminist movement. The artists featured include Helen Frankenthaler, Lygia Clark, Agnes Martin, Lenore Tawney, and Eva Hesse. Together they will highlight the unique placement of women in their contemporary society. Pieces come from the museum’s collection.

The Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 708 9400

I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson

Currently on display at the Morgan Library & Museum, the Emily Dickinson exhibition will also be open to tours from February 9 to May 21, 2017. Visitors will be able to see the poet’s manuscripts and letters firsthand, in particular, 24 poems with audio stops to provide more context to the drafts. There will also be accompanying photographs and illustrations for additional background information to illuminate the era.

The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 685 0008

Wild Nights Manuscript

Wild Nights Manuscript | Public Domain